Last week Tania Bruguera announced the launch of the latest project from her Immigrant Movement International project: CycleNews. As the first public artist-in-residence at New York’s Department of Cultural Affairs, Bruguera has partnered with community advocacy group Mujeres en Movimiento (Women in Motion). Mujeres en Movimiento members will bike around Corona, Queens and nearby neighborhoods to deliver pamphlets explaining the services offered by the Office of Immigrant Affairs, like municipal identification cards and information on immigrants’ rights when approached by law enforcement.
Bikers will also conduct surveys with residents, measuring whether immigrants feel like they are part of the community, and the results will be shared with government officials. “The idea for CycleNews is to create a two way street where immigrant communities are able to trust the government and, equally important, the government demonstrates that it trusts the immigrant communities of New York City,” said the artist. CycleNews may expand to other New York neighborhoods if the pilot program in Corona is successful.
Also this week:
- Cao Fei unveiled the first-ever digital BMW Art Car, using both augmented and virtual reality in her design.
- And fashion designer Virgil Abloh announced an upcoming collaboration with Jenny Holzer for a new menswear collection called “Temperature.”
Events & exhibitions
New York City
- A new exhibition by Ai Weiwei and architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron opens Wednesday at the Park Avenue Armory. Hansel & Gretel, on view June 7-August 6, examines the ways in which increased surveillance has altered how we view the world.
- Last week the MoMA opened a new exhibition entitled Inbox: Charles Atlas. Composed of the artist’s three-part video installation The Illusion of Democracy, the piece will be on view through July 30. [Read a review in Crave.]
- This is the last week to see Leonardo Drew’s solo exhibition at CAM Raleigh. The show closes this Sunday, June 11.
- Glenn Ligon has curated an exhibition entitled Blue Black, which opens Friday at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. Inspired by his experience with the Pulitzer’s Ellsworth Kelly wall sculpture of the same name, Blue Black uses two colors as a base to “pose timely and nuanced questions” about language, identity, and perception. On view through October 7. [Read an interview with the artist about the exhibition in the New York Times.]
- This is the last week to see Fred Wilson’s solo exhibition Black to the Powers of Ten at the Allen Memorial Art Museum. The exhibition closes a week from today, Monday June 12.
- Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads is opening at the Ringling’s Bayfront Gardens on Friday, where it will remain on view through June 1, 2018.
- A new solo exhibition by Andrea Zittel opens at Regen Projects on Thursday where it will be on view through August 12.
- Edgar Arceneaux also has a solo exhibition open at Susanne Vielmetter through July 1, which includes his video installation Until, Until, Until… featured in Season 8.
- Ai Weiwei just opened a new show at the Israel Museum entitled Maybe, Maybe Not. The large-scale exhibition is on view through August 30. [Read a review in the Times of Israel.]
- A new international group exhibition at ARTER includes work by Shana Moulton, Cindy Sherman, James Turrell, and Kara Walker among others. Taking its title from John Berger’s 1972 text, Ways of Seeing is on view through August 13 and explores the “various formalistic strategies that artists employ to re-configure our perception of the world.”
- Raymond Pettibon’s first solo exhibition in Russia opens Wednesday at the Garage Museum. The Cloud of Misreading is on view through August 13.
It’s impossible to include all the incredible exhibitions and art events happening this week in a single post. If there’s something you feel should have been included in today’s roundup, leave a comment below!